Being a geek is fun. There’s no doubt that the childhood ridicule of the past has been paying off in recent years. Despite the world of geek-dom becoming muddled with posers, there’s only one true way to discover if the person in front of you is a true tech geek. Use your cunning mind and throw them a few bones. Give them a joke that only a geek would know.SEE ALSO: Ski Holidays for The Tech Lover
1 – There are only 10 types of people in the world: those that understand binary and those that don’t.
This is a no-brainer. A true geek will definitely get it. Bonus points will be given in the person can answer how many numbers are in binary.
2 – CAPS LOCK, Preventing Login Since 1980.
A good one for the tech support analyst or system administrator that deals directly with the end user. Toss this line on the next call you get for a lockout.
3 – They call them smartphones for a reason.
It seems as if the smarter people want their phones to be, the dumber the people using them get. How hard is it to set up your Gmail address to your phone, anyway?
4 – You must be part of the Penguin Posse.
Microsoft has Windows and Apple has the fruit with a bite out of it. Linux has the Penguin as their mascot. Those that are familiar with Linux and work with it know the deal with Tux the Penguin.
5 – I’m not anti-social; I’m just not user-friendly.
Everyone has their excuse for not pulling themselves from the keyboard. Hence the popularity of social networking. It’s so much easier to be social when you don’t have to be, well, social.
6 – If brute force doesn’t solve your problems, then you aren’t using enough.
This joke can easily be misconstrued but is a great one to test the other person’s knowledge. If they respond with something that resembled physical violence, end the conversation quickly.
7 – I am #, fear me!
A true geek will know the true meaning of the symbol. If you really want to stump them, say it out loud.
8 – Beware of programmers that carry screwdrivers.
There are two types of tech geeks. Those who can stare at a screen and make things work and those who need to break into things to make them work. Very few can master both and if so, be wary.
9 – My attitude isn’t bad. It’s in beta.
Test the waters with your boss on that one.
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It’s almost to the point where that, dare we say, being a geek has become cool. The geek is glorified on TV and even super-heroes are starting to show their true tech geekiness. At least with these quick one-liners, you’ll be able to opt-out the posers.